The First Impression is Truly the Only Impression When Selling Your House.

Reblogger Cheryl Ritchie
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Leading Edge 71785

The Buyer decision is made right at the front door. Sometimes in the front yard. Sometimes off the photos posted on Internet. So this is a great reminder to take care of first impressions FIRST. Paint that door. Paint those shutters. Spruce up those flower beds. Become their love at first sight HOME. 

Original content by Kathy Streib

The First Impression is Truly the Only Impression When Selling your House.


You can’t read an article on staging or preparing your home hire the right real estate agentfor sale without seeing or hearing the phrase “You only have one chance to make a first impression.”

It’s true.  You and I make first impressions every day… impressions of the people we meet, the stories we read, anything we see.

And, if you think that first impressions don’t matter because they’re only fleeting, a study done in 2011 has shown that first impressions last a lot longer than previously thought.

What that means when selling your house is that you can’t wait for the Buyer to see your new kitchen or how lovely your pool area is.

You have to be proactive and make sure your first impression is the very best it could be.

And that means you’d better smile and say “cheese” when your photos are posted on the MLS.

Real Estate photos and first impressionsIf your photos don’t say “I’m the home you’re looking for” your Buyer or agent won’t even make an appointment to see it.


What YOU can do!

1.Make sure you hire the right real estate agent.

Nothing against your cousin’s friend’s fiance who just received their Real Estate license but you want the best local expert you can hire to help protect your investment.

Look at their listings.  Look at the pictures they include.  Do they hire a professional photographer for their listings?

2.Do everything you can to make sure that your property is in show-ready and camera-ready condition.  

Hire a Home Stager or ask your Realtor for advice.  

Play “Buyer” and come to your front door and step inside.  Do you like what you see?

3.Don’t make the mistake of forgetting the importance of curb appeal.

Buyers make up their minds as they are approaching your house- before their car has even come to a stop.   They want to like your home.  However, if they pull up and the impression is not positive, the inside of your house is facing an uphill battle.  



When selling your house, first impressions DO matter and they are very hard to break.


Do everything you can to make sure your first impression is a good one!

 Kathy Streib 

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Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Three great tips, I wish every seller would take the time to go through and figure out if they would buy there house the way it looks right now. It sure make our job easier! Have a great weekend.

Jul 11, 2015 05:08 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Cheryl- thanks for the reblog!

Jul 11, 2015 08:41 AM #2
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Cheryl,  I hope home sellers will read this post. Thank you for reblogging.

Jul 12, 2015 01:33 AM #3
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathy Streib always makes such good points.


Jul 12, 2015 10:49 AM #4
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Cheryl Ritchie 


Great choice for a repost. Hope you are having a wonderful week. 

Jul 13, 2015 01:00 PM #5
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I tell my sellers the same: you have only one chance to make a potential client like your house. The property can have a great layout, potential, great features, but a small thing ( scratched walls or floors, smell, clutter,  broken door, etc.) can push the buyer away.

Oct 04, 2015 04:57 PM #6
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